By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
This has been a trend in sports before. And it’ll likely be a trend in sports, once again.
During the national anthem before the San Francisco Giants played the Oakland Athletics, manager Gabe Kapler and three players took a knee. They did this in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Jaylin Davis, the team’s lone black player on their 40-man roster, took a knee. He was joined by Mike Yastrzemski and Austin Slater.
Giants first base coach Antoan Richardson also joined the group by taking a knee.
“It has never been about the military or the flag,” MLB said in a tweet. “The players and coaches are using their platform to peacefully protest.”
Kapler became the first manager to kneel during the national anthem. With the 60-game shortened season beginning on Thursday, there could potentially be more managers, who take a knee.
This is the same field that former Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell took a knee during the 2017 season. Since the 2018 season, he has been out of baseball.
While these players have the right to peaceful protest during the national anthem, there are many people, who widely disagree with their actions that started several years ago with Colin Kaepernick taking a knee.
Maxwell is the only player to actually take a knee before an MLB game. These individuals that are taking a knee believe that they are protesting racial injustice in the United States and around the World.
He said that his decision at the time to take a knee was a ‘concern for racial injustice as well as freedom of speech and exercise of peaceful protest.’
The Wiesbaden, Germany native has been out of Major League Baseball since 2018. His Assault with a deadly weapon charge from the off-season and his kneeling may have played a factor in teams electing not to sign him to a Big League contract.